A Portrait and A Gentleman: The Portrait of Catherine Knollys, and the Gentlemen Pensioners of Henry VIII

| April 10, 2014

A Portrait and A Gentleman: The Portrait of Catherine Knollys, and the Gentlemen Pensioners of Henry VIII

Today we have a guest post from Natasha Gennady Robinson, part one of a two-part series. Thank you so much, Natasha, for writing this wonderful article for us. Over to Natasha… There is but one portrait said to be of Catherine Knollys (née Carey), though as with the current trends, many historians seek to dispel […]

15 January 1569 – Death of Lady Catherine Knollys (nee Carey)

| January 15, 2013

15 January 1569 – Death of Lady Catherine Knollys (nee Carey)

On this day in history, 15th January 1569, Lady Catherine Knollys (née Carey), wife of Sir Francis Knollys, daughter of Mary Boleyn and mother of Lettice Dudley, died at Hampton Court Palace. Catherine had been taken ill with a fever at Christmas and her husband, who was at Bolton Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Until the End by Sarah Bryson

| April 16, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Until the End by Sarah Bryson

Today we have the latest part of Sarah Bryson’s series on Mary Boleyn – Thanks, Sarah! After the executions of her brother George on 17th May 1536 and her sister Anne on 19th May 1536, Mary Boleyn was the only Boleyn child left and she seems to have slipped into obscurity for a time. There […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Fathers and Fertility by Sarah Bryson

| March 7, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – Fathers and Fertility by Sarah Bryson

As I’m over at Sarah’s blog Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History today as part of my virtual book tour, I thought it was only fitting to publish the next instalment of Sarah’s series on Mary Boleyn. Thanks, Sarah! For as long as I have been interested in Mary Boleyn and her life I have […]

Henry VIII’s Illegitimate Children

| March 18, 2011

Henry VIII’s Illegitimate Children

I’ve just written an article over at The Elizabeth Files about Elizabeth’s possible illegitimate siblings. Henry VIII recognised one illegitimate child as his – Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond – but were there others he did not formally recognise? In my article, I discuss Henry Fitzroy, Catherine and Henry Carey, John Perrot, Thomas Stukeley and […]

Prince William and Kate Middleton to Marry in 2011

| November 16, 2010

Prince William and Kate Middleton to Marry in 2011

Breaking news – It has just been announced that Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry in 2011. The statement from Clarence House read:- “The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton. The wedding will take place in the Spring or Summer of 2011, in London. […]

Mary Boleyn Part Two – The King’s Children?

| August 5, 2010

Mary Boleyn Part Two – The King’s Children?

Mary Boleyn and her first husband, William Carey, had two children. Their first child, Catherine, was born in 1524 and their second child, Henry, was born in March 1526. I am often asked whether either or both of the Carey children were actually the King’s illegitimate offspring and it is simply impossible to answer that […]

Prince William, Kate Middleton and Mary Boleyn

| August 3, 2010

Prince William, Kate Middleton and Mary Boleyn

An article in today’s Daily Mail, entitled “Wills and Kate, kissing cousins! How the Royal lovebirds are related thanks to a Tudor tyrant so bloodthirsty he’s been airbrushed from history” announces the “dark and deliciously murky secret”, the royal skeleton in the closet, that not only are Prince William and his girlfriend, Kate Middleton, distantly […]